(bits) by bill keaggy

Every week I used to find a cool weblog (sometimes a local St. Louis blog) or some useful, interesting web site from here or there and write up a brief on it for the Sunday Everyday section Tuesday Here and Now section in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (I used to work there as Features Photo Editor). That's about it. Not much action here anymore. More of my stuff can be seen here: keaggy.com.

Saturday, February 24, 2007


NoRelevance is a web site for lovers of visual junk. It was created to house some of the "mountains of graphical ephemera" that the owner, a design-obsessed guy named Art, has collected. For example, he's assembled online galleries of hand-painted signs, beer labels and 45 rpm record label designs and more. Enjoy the graphic revelations at www.norelevance.com.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Five Dollar Camera

Things you will learn from reading Five Dollar Camera: The author won't eat cheese except as a pizza topping. She never did that "tuck and roll thing" with jeans in the 1980s. She read 87 books in 2006. And, of course, she likes old cameras but won't pay thrift stores more than $5 for one. Learn more at www.fivedollarcamera.com/blog.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

A Million Penguins

Attention bad writers: A few weeks ago we pointed you to "The Cringe Book," citing it as your only chance to be published. Well, it seems you have another chance. Penguin is attempting to harness the wisdom of crowds in order to publish a novel written by a group of people on the web. A Million Penguins is a collaborative, wiki-based creative writing exercise (we'll see how that goes). Type away at www.amillionpenguins.com.

Saturday, February 03, 2007


Use Midomi.com to search for music and friends by singing or humming part of a song at your computer. This is great for two reasons: 1) You can find songs even if you don't know the artist or title; 2) You can annoy your coworkers and family. Well, it's great for three reasons: You can also listen to other people sing snippets of songs -- so it's kind of like a social web service for American Idol wannabes. All you need is a microphone. And a computer. And an internet connection. And a Midomi account. And vocal chords. Sing along at www.midomi.com.